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Army women return after successful Everest expedition

Sandeep Dikshit

Took the more difficult north side to avoid Nepal; faced hurdles even on way back Men forsook their chance to stand atop the summit to assist an exhausted woman

NEW DELHI: The first-ever team of Indian Army women mountaineers, which scaled Mount Everest on June 2, was flagged in by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Thursday.

Of the team, comprising nine women and 18 men officers, only a few could make it to the top. Leader S. S. Shekhawat asked those waiting at "step two" to abandon the attempt and assist a woman summiteer, who was exhausted.

The team took the more difficult north side to avoid going through the insurgency-wracked Nepal. "The south side is easier because it has long ice patches where one can maintain balance and strike a rhythm," said Major Shekhawat, who reached the summit for the third time. His earlier attempts were from the south side.

He complimented the men who forsook their chance to stand atop the summit to assist Sipra Mazumdar, who was completely exhausted.

"People make that mistake. They sit down to rest after they are exhausted and pass away. We saw the huddled body of a Slovakian who attempted the summit just before us. We could also see the body of one of the two members of the Indian Tibetan Border Police team, which attempted the summit in 1996. The body of the other jawan is now buried under snow. Perhaps this is the best way for mountaineers to pass away," he said.

After assisting Captain Mazumdar, the team encountered further hurdles on the way back and two men gave up their oxygen cylinders.

"This took place at a height where no one parts with oxygen cylinders. But they were from the Indian Army," said Major Shekhawat.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chief of the Army Staff J. J. Singh, himself an avid mountaineer, said he asked the team to eschew risks and return safely. The women summiteers are Capt. Ashwini Pawar, Dechen Lhamo and Tshering Ladol, besides Capt. Sipra Mazumdar

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